Lady GaGa Cancels Show In Indonesia After Protests
The national police have denied GaGa a permit over fears for security...
Lady GaGa's Born This Way Ball tour show in Jakarta, Indonesia has been cancelled by national police after they refused her a permit for safety reasons.
The Americano singer has been forced to scrap her sold-out 3rd June show at the 52,000-seat Gelora Bung Karno stadium after Islamic hard-liners and conservative lawmakers said her sexy costumes, suggestive dance moves and "vulgar" style could corrupt the nation's youth.
According to the Associated Press, a spokesperson for the national police said on Tuesday (May 15) that the permit for the show has been denied after religious conservatives worried that the concert could undermine the nation's moral fiber.
Some of the critics actually threatened to use physical force to prevent GaGa from getting off her plane. Though Indonesia is a secular state, it has the world's largest population of Muslims and a small extremist fringe of religious leaders has been more vocal in recent years.
Local police were worried that they might not be able to guarantee security at the gig and suggested to national police that the permit for what was to be GaGa's biggest gig on her current Asian tour be pulled. Every seat at the Karno stadium had been sold, with half of them going in the first two hours.
BTW Ball Indonesian show promoter Boy Rafli Amar has since stated to The AP that he's upset by the decision, blaming "troublemakers" for the threats.
He added to the news agency: "We are mature enough to be able to separate our own moral values from arts and culture."
There is currently no official word from Lady GaGa or her camp regarding refunds if the gig doesn't go ahead, with the Marry The Night singer's next show scheduled for 17th May in Taipei, Taiwan.
GaGa's Asian tour started last month and the problems in Indonesia are not the first she's faced. Gigs in South Korea were 18-and-over because conservatives in that country also raised objections over the concert's content.